CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 26: Wilson Ramos #3 of the Washington Nationals celebrates his three-run home run in the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds as he crosses home plate at Great American Ball Park on August 26, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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• 10: 22 pm EST: via the President of Wilson Ramos' team in Venezuela, Rafael Rodriguez R. on Twitter (@OficialRRR) from Ramos' home, "... hopefully everything goes well. Prudence and moderation is important ... In God's name ...
8:15 pm EST: There isn't much information at the moment, but reports out of Venezuela tonight say that Washington Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped, taken away by four armed assailants who have not yet contacted the family or police to made any demands. The first reports tonight came from a baseball writer, Rafael Rojas, @rafaelrojasc who writes about the Colorado Rockies for Viva Colorado, a bilingual paper out of Colorado. Mr. Rojas reported on Twitter within the last hour, that, "#Nationals C Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped at his home in Maracay, Venezuela. Situation developing."
It has since been confirmed by the Tigres de Aragua on Twitter (@oficialTigres) where they wrote,
"Unfortunately the news of the [kidnapping/hijacking] was confirmed. Wilson Ramos, allegedly the same thing happened at his home in Valencia." That's the googletranslate version. (ed. note - "A reader in the comments section provided the following translation, "Unfortunately the reports of Wilson Ramos’ kidnapping are confirmed. Allegedly he was taken from his house in Valencia.")
Since then there have been several reports published in Spanish language newspapers. This much is known at the moment. According to this report in El Nacional by Ismael G. Granadillo N. and Alexander Mendoza, Ramos, 24, was approached near his home in Valencia, Venezuela by four gunmen who took him away, "'They are still waiting for the kidnappers contact the family,'" the paper's source says, "'At the moment the only thing they have done is to inform the police.'"
When there is more information available, we'll add it here.
WTOP's Craig Heist (@CHeistWTOP) just reported via Twitter that D.C. GM Mike Rizzo said simply, "'We will have something to say when there is something to say.'"
Waiting for more info...